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Wales vs Iran – World Cup Group B: How they’re progressing, injuries and predictions ahead of the crucial second game

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WALES enter their second World Cup of 2022 knowing that victory is vital to their hopes of reaching the last 16.

Rob Page’s side drew 1-1 against the USA in their opening game.

At Wales’ first World Cup in 64 years, reaching the knockout stages would be an achievement in itself.

And against Iran three points is almost a necessity if they are to keep their dream alive, with only England in Group B.

So what can we expect from the game?

SunSport takes a look with a detailed preview…including predicting scores.

Wales: Secured a late point in the opener against USA.

Tim Weah had put the Americans ahead in the first half before Gareth Bale leveled the scores with a penalty in the 82nd minute.

Read full match report USA vs Wales…

Iran: Beaten in a pulsating duel against England.

Carlos Queiroz’s side were beaten 6-2 by the Three Lions… and one of those goals came from a rather accidental penalty.

Read the full match report between England and Iran…


Wales: Ethan Ampadu is a little worried after picking up an ankle bump against USA.

But Joe Allen could likely return to the team off the bench after missing the first game through injury.

Iran: Star goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand will miss the game after suffering a concussion following a disgusting punch early in the England defeat.

Queiroz’s side will miss his world record for long throws but otherwise appear to be in good shape.

Wales: Gareth Bale. It has to be, doesn’t it?

He was well below his best in the tie against USA, but he could still impress when it mattered.

Iran: Mehdi Taremi. He scored both goals against England, proving he can amaze teams with a deadly finish.

The Porto man is no stranger to the big stage and has a wealth of experience in the Champions League.

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